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CAT 2006 Analysis

Expert Suggestions on Preparation for Computer Based CAT-09

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CAT 2006 Analysis


What was the change?

Apart from the fact that the test was 2 � hours long this year, the test saw many other changes. Firstly, the number of questions reduced from 90 (CAT 2005) to 75. There were five options for every question. The marking scheme was also different. There was no differential marking. Every question carried 4 marks and the penalty for every wrong answer was 1 mark i.e., 25%. The verbal ability section was very tough and the problem solving section was quite simple compared to previous years. The DI section was as difficult as it was in CAT 2005. As we have always maintained, the test focused on reasoning and comprehension skills and discouraged �mechanical preparedness�.

Section I: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

This section comprised 25 questions based on DI (20 questions) and LR (5 questions). Out of the four sets in DI, two were reasoning- based and two were calculation- based. One should have attempted the set based on traffic flow and the set based on board exams. The set based on Erdos numbers was difficult to interpret but easy to solve. The LR set was the easiest set in the section. The breakup of questions was as follows:

Subtopic Construct No. of Questions
Data Interpretation Observation Based 1
Reasoning Based 10
Simple Calculation 9
Logical Reasoning Mechanical Solution 5
Section II:

Reasoning ruled the roost in the English section. Old favourites like vocabulary-based, grammar-based questions and jumbled paragraphs were given a burial. Instead, we had five Fact-Inference-Judgement questions which were definitional in nature. Once you were clear about the stated definitions, you could have solved the questions confidently. �Providing the conclusion� type questions were five in number and tested your understanding of the given text. Reading Comprehension comprised three dense passages that had mostly interpretative and inferential questions. If your logical skills were in place, you could have solved this section without any glitches.

The breakup of questions was as follows:

Subtopic Construct No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension Direct 1
Indirect - Inferential 4
Indirect - Interpretation 7
Indirect - Comprehensive Interpretation 3
Verbal Ability Logic Based 5
Contextual Placement 5
Section III: Problem Solving

The section covered all the four areas of Math viz, Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Maths and Geometry. Thus to perform well, a student needed to be equally competent in all the four areas. The questions tested basic fundamentals as well as strong reasoning skills and decision-making abilities. It was crucial for a student to know when to apply conventional methods and when to evaluate options for managing time efficiently.

Understanding CAT 2006
Overall Test: 3 sections 75 questions
Section I: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 25 questions
Section II: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 25 questions
Section III: Problem Solving 25 questions
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